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Editor’s Note: Last year, Michael and Nicole Borrell began reviewing Lebanon Valley’s restaurants and eating attractions as the Lebanon Valley Food Critics. Since then, the couple has aimed to offer unbiased reviews of the eating and drinking establishments the Lebanon Valley has to offer. LebTown is pleased to be partnering with LVFC to share these reviews with our readers. Bon appétit!

Welcome to the first season of the Lebanon Valley Food Critics’ highly anticipated Lebanon Valley Burger Wars. Four entrants from the Valley will compete to be declared the winner of Best Burger in The Valley.

Our judgement will be based upon several factors including presentation and composition of the burger, messiness, and overall impression. To keep things even, we will only judge one burger from each restaurant and all burgers will be cooked to the same temperature, medium.

We finish up in the central portion of the Valley, in downtown Lebanon, at local sports bar The Downtown Lounge.

The Downtown Lounge

743 Cumberland Street
Lebanon, PA 17042


Restaurant Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday – 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday – 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday – 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday – 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This restaurant offers quite a few burger options, each with a sports-themed name. They also feature a weekly special burger on the menu and have a burger night special on Wednesdays, during which any burger is $11.

Our selection for judgement today is the Roethlis-burger ($11). This burger comes with cheddar cheese, French fries, red onion, lettuce, tomato, and 1,000 island dressing. This burger, as well as all there burgers, is 6 oz choice beef.

The burger comes with shoestring fries in a Pittsburgh style. The patty itself stays together while eating. The toppings make this a messy burger. Although the patty itself isn’t anything special, assembled together it makes a decent burger selection.

How will this burger stack up against the others? We shall see!

We have concluded our journey in the first season of Burger Wars. We will now deliberate and announce our winner soon!

If you have a restaurant you would like us to visit or review, whether a place you like or are nervous to try, please message us on Facebook or email lvfoodcritics@outlook.com and let us know. We thank everyone for the recommendations and the kind words we have received.